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Site clearance work to extend the Llantrisant Community Route

The Council will undertake site clearance work to enable an extension of the Llantrisant Community Route through Penygawsi and Cross Inn in the future.

The Llantrisant Community Route is a popular path to the rear of Glamorgan Vale Retail Park, running from Cowbridge Road to the west and Westfield Court to the east. The near mile-long route opened in December 2017 and is being enjoyed as a shared walking and cycling path, running parallel to the A473 and spanning the Llantrisant Town and Talbot Green electoral wards.

The Council intends to extend the popular route in the future, in order to further promote Active Travel in the area. This second phase of the scheme will see the community route extended through Penygawsi and Cross Inn, running along the alignment of the former railway line through each area.

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This phase will, in the future, connect the Llantrisant Community Route to the Church Village Bypass Community Route – an existing 6km path from Tonteg to Cross Inn which forms part of the National Cycle Network.

Extensive site clearance work through Penygawsi and Cross Inn will take place from Monday, January 7, following a £214,000 investment from the Welsh Government. Work will include the removal of vegetation and the installation of fencing along the route.

This process is scheduled to last six weeks, and will not require any traffic management. The Council has appointed contractor ERH for the scheme.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said:

“The Llantrisant Community Route has proven very popular with residents since it opened last winter, providing an important link for pedestrians and cyclists in this busy area of Talbot Green, which serves the retail park nearby.

“The Council continues to promote and support Active Travel within its communities, and last year submitted to Welsh Government an Integrated Network Map for Rhondda Cynon Taf – outlining the proposed Active Travel routes that the Council plans to deliver over the next 15 years. These are available for residents to view on the Council’s website.

“The Council will begin clearance works through Penygawsi and Cross Inn from January 7, in order to extend Llantrisant Community Route and link it to the Church Village Bypass Community Route in the future. This predominantly includes the clearance of vegetation.

“The Council has secured a £214,000 investment from Welsh Government to carry out this work. We continue to pursue external investment to support the £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19, as well as the Council’s future planned investment in Highways as a priority area through #RCTinvest.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this scheme make good progress in the coming weeks, as the Council strengthens its commitment to extend the Llantrisant Community Route in the future.”

The clearance work is part of the design and development process of the Llantrisant Community Route’s second phase. An inspection of the existing bridges along the proposed route was carried out in December 2018, as part of the ongoing design for the main construction phase. Further details about the construction phase will be communicated by the Council in due course.